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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Fried Cabbage With Onions and Sweet Peppers

Sausage can be paired with many other foods. Here’s one of my favorite skillet recipes that combines cabbage, onions and sweet bell peppers with some wonderful country style sausage from Stan’s Supermarket in Wishek, N.D. My friend, Delore Zimmerman, who hails from Wishek, kindly picks up for me some of the country style sausage and ring bologna whenever he goes …


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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — White Bean, Kale and Sausage Soup

It would be hard for me to point out one vegetable as my favorite. Of course, the tomato rates right up, even though technically it’s a fruit. And I can’t forget cabbage, which is great just about anyway it’s prepared.  Then there are onions. Who can cook without them? But there is one vegetable that’s climbing the ladder quickly, and …


CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mushrooms With Potatoes And Onions

Mushrooms and onions are a good combination when sauteed in butter or olive oil. Add some potatoes to the mix along with coconut milk and you have a pretty delicious entree. This dish would  pair up nicely with just about any meat that you would like. Or if you prefer, a stand-alone meatless meal, which is the way I had …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cabbage Sauerkraut Soup

The combination of cabbage and sauerkraut might seem like a cruciferous overkill to some, but to those who are aficionados of superfoods, that would be right up their alley. The following soup recipe has both cabbage and sauerkraut, as well as several other vegetables including carrots, potatoes and tomatoes, some of my favorites. So when I spotted it on the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Hunter’s Chicken

Sometimes I like to try recipes that are posted on my Facebook feed. One such is for Hunter’s Chicken. It came from the website Les Repas de Mon Enance, which translates to “Meals from my Childhood. The author of the recipe is Daniel Parenteau, who describes himself the child of French-Canadian parents who was raised a small town called Biddeford …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Skillet Sausage With Cabbage And Potatoes

Cabbage is a German tradition. It doesn’t matter if it is fresh or in the form of sauerkraut. Or if it’s red or green. Or steamed or pan-fried. Germans love affair with cabbage is second to none. And pairing cabbage with sausage is about as German as you can get. You don’t have to be German to enjoy the following …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cabbage Roll Soup

Some people say too much cabbage can be bad for your health. It’s true, eating cabbage in excess can result in abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and flatulence, but the benefits strongly outweigh the health risks. Cabbage is highly nutritious vegetable, rich in vitamins C and K, fiber and potassium and may help with heart and digestive health. Studies show those who …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cheesy Eggplant Marinara

Many people who grew up around gardens in this neck of the woods probably aren’t real familiar with eggplant, a delicate tropical perennial plant often cultivated as a tender or half-hardy annual. I wasn’t. Dad’s garden had all the usual suspects — tomatoes, beans and peas, onions, cucumbers, cabbage, plus a few other vegetables such as radishes, carrots, beets and …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Sausage Potato Soup

There’s something very special about vegetables straight from the garden that just can’t be replicated by supermarket fare. If you’ve ever eaten a tomato from the store know what I mean. Many of those are shipped before they are ripe and taste nothing like one from your garden or the farmers market. That’s why I so love this time of …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Shrimp In Red Sauce

Cooking food in the oven isn’t always an option when summertime temperatures drift into the mid-80s to near 90 degrees. Grilling is one option when this is the case, but a quick skillet meal is also a good substitute. The following recipe allowed me to take advantage of about a pound of large shrimp in the freezer along with some …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Grape Leaves And Tzatziki

They are called by several different names. In Iran, they are known as dolmeh, In Greece, they are called dolmas or dolmades. They are koupepia in Cyprus, tolma in Armenia, yarpaq dolması in Azerbaijan, yebra in Syria and warak enab in Lebanon. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking about stuffed grape leaves. That’s all I knew …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Harvest Vegetable Soup

A seemingly endless winter is always a good occasion to make soup. And if you have a pantry and freezer full of goodies from this past summer’s garden, all the better. I came across a soup recipe recently that did not require me to go to the supermarket. I had all the ingredients on hand and only a few tweaks …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Crab Casserole

Lent is just around the corner, which means it’s fish fry season. But I can remember a time when there was a fish fry every Friday night at the American Legion Club in my hometown of Crookston, Minn. I recall trips to the Legion as a kid, but they were few and far between. Our Fridays were usually dominated by …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken Noodle Hotdish

Those who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s probably ate their share of hotdish and casserole. Not only were they standard fare of many a stay-at-home moms but also of school lunch programs. We always had hamburger and macaroni hotdish at least once a week at home and occasionally one made with leftover chicken paired with rice. School hot …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Blackened Salmon

Coho salmon may not have the great-tasting reputation of its cousin, the Chinook or King salmon, but it certainly isn’t anything to catch and release. One of five species of Pacific salmon found in North American waters (along with the aforementioned King, Sockeye, Pink and Chum), the Coho has bright red flesh and a slightly more delicate texture than Chinook …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ham And Bean Soup With Kale

Cold weather is always a great time for soup. It’s a good way to warm up if you’ve been outdoors shoveling the sidewalk after a snowfall or on a walk with the dog. One kind that’s caught our fancy recently has been a version of ham and bean soup, which I’ve been enjoying since childhood. (It was one of my …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed cabbage rolls are likely a favorite of many who are fans of the cruciferous vegetable of the family Brassicaceae, which also includes cauliflower, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. (The veggies get their name because their four-petaled flowers look like a crucifer, or cross.) The importance of the Brassica family of foods to our diet cannot be …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Creamy Tuscan Pheasant

Many people think of Italian cooking when they ponder delicious sauces served over pasta, lots of vegetables, olive oil and cheesy pizzas topped with a variety of meats. Ancient Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultures contributed to an Italian cuisine rich in all of those and more. Like all Italian cuisine, Tuscan food is rich in those attributes. Tuscany is also …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Anyone who has raised a garden or grew up in a family that had one knows that nothing beats fresh veggies. The same be true of fruit. Picking an apple off a tree or raspberries from the canes and then eating them are one of life’s true pleasures. Now I know that not everyone can be as lucky as we …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Quick Baked Beans

I’ve always been a fan of baked beans. One of my favorite renditions was my late Uncle Curt’s. He used to make them on Christmas Eve and other holidays. And, of course, he made them the traditional way, soaking his beans overnight before putting the dish together the next day. Baked beans are a staple of summer outdoor dining events …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Honey Chicken

Among the favorite entrees at many Chinese buffets are the chicken dishes. Some of them combine chicken with vegetables such as broccoli, snow peas and water chestnuts. Still others are cooked a variety of ways and are mostly chicken, with names such as Coconut Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, Sesame Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken. I’m kind …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ukranian Borscht

There has been a lot going on in world news these days, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing as the result of global warming. But one of the most noticeable and talked-about events is the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. I live in East Grand Forks, in Minnesota, on the border with North Dakota, the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Reuben Casserole

Sauerkraut is one of those foods that you either like or don’t like. Honestly, I don’t know how a person couldn’t like sauerkraut. But that’s coming from someone who is mostly German. Some Norwegian friends of mine say the same thing about lutefisk, a delicacy in their minds, so who am I to argue. We have several quarts of home-canned …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Tomato Chicken Rice Soup

Another day, another blizzard and below-zero wind chills. That’s the way it’s been this winter. So, there’s no better place to be than in the warmth of the kitchen, where you can create something that will make you forget about the weather, albeit for the time being. And nothing says warm and fuzzy better than a pot of soup. This …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Mediterranean Chicken, Mushrooms And Rice

If you are in search of a healthy and nutritious wholemeal pasta recipe, you can stop looking. Mediterranean Chicken, Mushroom and Rice meets meets both the aforementioned requirements — it’s loaded with vitamins and low-fat ingredients as well as being an entree that can stand alone as a main course. Combining this dish with a nice salad and vegetable such …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Nothing beats down the cold weather better than a bowl of hot soup, which is the perfect remedy for the subzero temperatures and wind chill that have held this part of the Midwest captive for the past week or two. A good choice always is wild rice soup, which can be made a number of ways. My favorite is one …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Cacciatore Chicken

What do you do when you have an overabundance of tomatoes and have already made juice, canned whole ones as well as freezing 20 to 30 pounds of the juicy orbs? That’s been the dilemma I’ve been facing the past three weeks or so. Before frost put the damper on my gardens, I picked almost all of my tomatoes that …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Spaghetti Sauce

Just about everyone loves a pasta sauce. You know, the kind with sweet Italian sausage, a lot of tomatoes and some nice mushrooms and peppers. And don’t forget the Parmesan cheese. You can count me in that camp. In fact, it’s one of our favorites when served with spaghetti. When my grandson come home for visit, it’s one of the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Pasta With Eggplant And Zucchini

Two of the garden vegetables that are first on the scene during the summer are eggplant and zucchini. Both lend themselves to a variety of recipes. Eggplant Parmesan and moussaka come to mind for the purplish aubergine, while the zucchini version of carrot cake and carrot bread get the nod in many corners. Pairing the two with tomatoes and pasta …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

It’s not too late to pick some rhubarb for your next dessert or to freeze some to get you through the long winter. I’ve been doing a little of both the past couple of weeks. I’ve vacuum sealed and frozen several 4-cup bags of the “pie plant” as it has come to be known in the U.S. as well as …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken Vegetable Soup

Most recipes usually serve four people at the minimum and often are meant for eight. So that means if you are cooking for two, be prepared for a lot of leftovers. That’s the case with preparing an entire chicken. Whether the bird is cut up for frying or left whole for roasting, if you’re only serving two, there is going …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Chicken Stew

Nothing is better on a cold winter day than a big bowl of stew. And while most people think of beef at the mention of stew, chicken is a great substitute for those looking to cut back a little on their red meat consumption. The following recipe, which I came up with after contemplating what to do with leftovers from …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Creamed Pheasant

Hunters who are cooks are always on the lookout for new recipes. After all, variety is the spice of life. While perusing the internet recently for pheasant recipes, I came across one for creamed pheasant that piqued my interest. The recipe has the usual suspects  — half-and-half, cream of mushroom soup and butter, i.e. — but I made a few additions …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Reuben Squares

What do sauerkraut, corned beef and Swiss cheese have in common? If you guessed a Reuben sandwich, give yourself an “A.” That eclectic sandwich is one of my favorites when I go to eat lunch, which hasn’t happened since the pandemic took center stage in our lives. Two places that come to mind are Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews in East …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Buttercup Vegetable Soup

Squash has been around quite a while, dating back 10,000 years to Mexico and Central America. Along with beans and corn — collectively known as the “Three Sisters” — squash has long been the center of Native American agriculture and culinary traditions. (The name squash comes from the Native American word askutasquash, which means uncooked or eaten raw.) It didn’t take …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Pasta Primavera

Fall is in the air, with the possibility of Jack Frost making his first appearance any day. And that means some gardeners are scurrying about, deciding which plants to cover and which vegetables to pick —  tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash. The list can go on and on and on. A proliferation of fresh veggies means only one thing to …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Tomato And Red Onion Salad

It’s the peak of tomato season, and that means farmer’s markets and backyard gardens are brimming with those luscious red (and sometimes yellow, orange, pink, green, burgundy, purple, streaked and striped) orbs. Gardeners can sometimes be hard-pressed to stay on top of their crops, despite canning whole tomatoes and making tomato juice and salsa. I usually don’t have too much trouble …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Eggplant And Shrimp Pasta

My garden is really starting to produce these days, so my cooking has definitely been on the upswing. And as any cook knows, a good garden is about the biggest blessing you could have. We’ve been eating green and yellow beans for almost two weeks (steamed and in a three-bean salad), some Roma tomatoes have found their way to our …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Stuffed Grape Leaves With Tzatziki

The past couple of years, our grape vine has been an excellent producer. It’s been loaded with grapes, which we usually juice, except when our jelly supply gets a little low. Fresh juice and jelly are just two of the perks of having a grapevine. Another is stuffed grape leaves. Just recently, I made stuffed grape leaves, which over the …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Shrimp Paella

Rice is one of the fastest-growing staples in the world. You can find it in dishes from many cultures, particularly those from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where it is a main food. Rice also is growing in popularity in the Caribbean and the rest of Latin America, and many in the U.S. likewise have embraced it. There are several …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Honey Garlic Shrimp

If you are looking for something quick and easy to make for supper, the combination of shrimp and rice wouldn’t be a bad choice. Neither of them takes long to cook and they really compliment each. The following recipe contains just a handful of ingredients and can be made in less than a half hour, if you are using white …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Slow Cooker Curried Chicken With Wild Rice And Mushrooms

Curry and paprika are an interesting combination in the preparation of food and are often used together in many Indian and Caribbean dishes such as chicken curry and jerk chicken. We do a fare amount of cooking with chicken and other types of poultry. Our freezers generally have an ample supply of Hutterite chickens as well as a turkey or …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ham, Bean And Potato Soup

An Easter Sunday ham dinner is a tradition in many families. And a day-after-Easter ham bean soup is probably on the menu for just as many families, maybe more, especially in these days when our usual large gatherings are whittled down due to social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The spiral ham that Therese and I prepared Sunday is going …

CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Thick and Beefy Goulash

There’s nothing more comforting in times of uncertainty than a good meat-and-potato meal. Or a pasta dish with ground beef or Italian sausage. And if you can throw in some good vegetables, all the better. Just about everyone has a family favorite when it comes to this type of food. For some people, it’s a main dish, for others a …